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February 19, 2014

Clinton Co. moving forward with airport hotel

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton County officials are hopeful they can soon ink a deal for a hotel development at Plattsburgh International Airport.

“There appears to be some interest, and we’ve had three or four parties call for more information,” County Deputy Administrator Rodney Brown said. “It only takes one.”

MARCH 3 DEADLINE

Proposals for a hotel at the airport are due March 3.

The county will review them and expects to make a choice, probably by mid spring or early summer, Brown said.

The targeted parcel is a 12-acre plot to the east of the terminal that used to house the Alert Facility when Plattsburgh Air Force Base was functioning.

Legislators decided last year to look into the idea of developing a hotel in the wake of steady business at the airport since it opened in 2007.

They also agreed last year to go forward with a $54 million expansion of the terminal.

CITY ZONING

One hurdle the county must clear before getting a hotel is zoning regulations. The parcel lies within the City of Plattsburgh and is zoned for industrial use.

The city has begun the process of changing its zoning to accommodate a hotel.

The Common Council approved the first step last week when it introduced a local law to allow for a hotel use.

The plan will now go to the City Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals for input.

A public hearing will be held before the council acts on final approval.

Mayor James Calnon said the process should take a few months.

“This will actually give us another layer of review for a project like this,” he said.

Calnon feels it is appropriate to make the zoning change.

“I think a hotel would be a very good use for that property,” he said.

LOOKING OVER THE SITE

Potential hotel developers will be given a chance to tour the property this week, County Airport Committee Chairman Jimmy Langley (R-Area 7, Peru) said.

At least three or four developers have expressed serious interest in the potential hotel, he said.

“It makes perfect sense to put a hotel there, right near such a captive audience.

“And a hotel there will lend itself to more development in that area that can accommodate travelers.”

Email Joe LoTemplio: jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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